Dade City family event helps those in need

The Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City, hosted its third annual Family Field Day event last month. The free, family event featured many classic field day games, such as relay races, tug of war, and barrow races. Other attractions included bounce houses, water games, face painting, Karaoke, music, food, games and a giant slip-and-slide. There also were numerous drawings … [Read more...]

Library hosts yoga classes geared towards kids

Kids are learning to do yoga on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. The sessions are geared toward children ages 2 through 12. The  half-hour class gets children up and moving with yoga exercises and music. It also teaches relaxation through meditation. Wanda Vargas, a certified kid’s yoga teacher with 15 years of experience of … [Read more...]

Enjoying the country’s independence — in grand style

Residents in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area had plenty of options for celebrating the nation’s birthday this year. They could watch colorful fireworks displays, go for a run, or join in myriad community celebrations. This is a look of festivities held in Lutz, including the Fourth of July parade — a tradition that’s still going strong after three-quarters of a century.   … [Read more...]

Connerton celebrates Independence Day with a bang

The Connerton community in Land O’ Lakes drew a large crowd to its old-fashioned neighborhood party celebrating Independence Day. The June 29 event, free and open to the public, featured games, bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall, live music, a live DJ, numerous food trucks and local crafters. Thunderstorms and heavy rain rolled through the area midway through the evening’s festivities, but … [Read more...]

Going batty at the library

About 75 people attended “Bats!” a program geared for children in grades four through seven, held on June 19 at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St. in Dade City. Francine Prager, a rescuer with a Lutz-based bat rescue and rehab center, presented the program, which detailed the many fact about bats worldwide, and in our backyards. She also dispelled many misconceptions about … [Read more...]

Church hosts huge community event

Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, 2017 Reigler Road in Land O’ Lakes, recently hosted a fun, family event. The Big Event II featured games, food, drinks, live music, local vendors and a movie under the stars. Chance drawings took place throughout the day for prizes, such as Apple watches, a bike, restaurant gift cards, and a television. The free event was open to the public, and its goal was to give the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills library hosts a silly science party

Dozens of children in kindergarten through fifth grade tested their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics recently at the Dr. Seuss Silly Science Party, hosted by the Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St. The summer reading program, presented by Seffner resident Tanci Mishler, featured several hands-on STEAM stations, with experiments primarily based … [Read more...]

Kickoff to summer reading party is a blast

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently held its Summer Reading Club Blast Off party. The event featured dozens of attractions, such as water activities, Pasco County Utilities and Fire Rescue Touch-a-Truck, Pasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, dance parties, face painting, crafts, a bounce house and a mobile science center. Branch manager Robert Speich described the … [Read more...]

Celebrate dad this week: Father’s Day is June 16

As Father’s Day approaches, we set out to capture some special moments between dads and their kids, in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Such tender exchanges can happen when a child is tiny, or a full-grown adult. We salute those dads who are never too busy to go fishing with their kids, or attend dance recitals, coach Little League, or do the millions of other things that dads do. Happy … [Read more...]

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Seniors from Cypress Creek Middle High School made history when they graduated on June 5, becoming the first class to graduate from the high school in Wesley Chapel. But, these graduates were among thousands picking up diplomas from schools across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Whether they graduating from a small private school, from a large public high school, or a sprawling campus — these … [Read more...]